• Champions League

Lescott handed Messi role

ESPN staff
March 12, 2014

Joleon Lescott has been tasked with halting Lionel Messi as Manchester City attempt to overturn a 2-0 deficit at Barcelona in the Champions League last-16 second leg.

Meanwhile, City manager Manuel Pellegrini has made it clear he wants goals, with David Silva, Sergio Aguero and in-form Samir Nasri all starting with Jesus Navas, Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo making up a very attacking list of options from the bench.

Messi will be supported by Neymar, while Andres Iniesta also starts.

Barcelona starting XI: Valdes, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Fabregas, Neymar, Messi, Iniesta Substitutes: Pinto, Song, Pedro, Alexis, Sergi Roberto, Adriano, Bartra

Manchester City starting XI: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Toure, Milner, Silva, Nasri, Aguero Substitutes: Pantilimon, Clichy, Boyata, Navas, Garcia, Dzeko, Negredo

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